La Terrible | Unibroue

La TerribleLa Terrible
2,228 Ratings
La TerribleLa Terrible

Brewed by:
Quebec, Canada

Style: Belgian Strong Dark Ale

Alcohol by volume (ABV): 10.50%

Availability: Year-round

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Added by BeerAdvocate on 11-15-2002

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Photo of scoots511
3.53/5  rDev -15.3%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

A: Poured from a corked and caged 75cL bottle. Fine foamy head tan in color. Dark in color with some red ruby brown when the glass is tilted.

S: Yeasty with some fruit tones.

T: Tangy fruity tastes balance the high 10.5% ABV. Low hop flavors tasted on the finish intermingled with the fruits. Doesn't taste like there is too much residual sugar, (definitely a relief for me). Malty flavors with no root beer or tootsie roll taste.

M: Highly carbonated and clean feel

D: Goes down smooth with the fruit taste at the finish. Feels like a high alcohol beer but not 10.5%.

Overall I liked this beer. I am more in favor of more earthy tones. But this beer is not too shabby. They nailed the flavors with the yeast but I can't rate this higher than a B. Good Strong Dark Ale

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Photo of SolomonGrundy
4.13/5  rDev -1%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

I don't know why everywhere calls this "La Terrible"...The brewery website and the bottle say only Terrible...

$8.99/750ml bottle so it ain't cheap, but it ain't backbreaking, either. 10.5% ABV, whoa!!

Pours a cloudy red-mahogany. An enormous head opens up like a whale's mouth, gobbling up all the head space in the glass. It's a creamy head, too, made of fine bubbles. Light to medium carbonation. So far this looks great.

Sour cherry dominates the nose. I get some must, so I'm hoping this didn't go bad. It's faint, but there. I also get a faint clove note, along with some nice yeast items. Good, but not wonderous...

Flavor is crazy. Certainly not terrible by any means. Carbonation is so fine, it lends a creamy texture to the ale. First flavor is that sour cherry note, but not as sour as the nose would imply. It has a certain balancing sweetness which is awesome. The sour notes take forever to vanish, ever so slowly backing away from your tongue. This melds right into the middle maltiness, which has some bitter characteristics from the lees and yeast (ok, they're the same thing, I think). Finish carries said bitterness and drives off ever so slowly into the night. Alcohol is warming and hardly apparent. Wonderful beer. Definitely one to find and share with a friend or two.

What I like most: The complex and unique flavor profile.

What I like least: The slightly off bitterness in the finish.

Verdict: Find and drink, very fine ale.

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Photo of CuriousMonk
4/5  rDev -4.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Poured from 12 oz bottle into chalice glass. Pours a muddy dark brown with a light beige head. Smell is yeasty, almost cherry and gummy like, with raisins. Taste is creamy dark malt with raisins, dark fruity, belgian yeast, spices and bananas. Medium body and light carbonation.

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Photo of spree92
3.42/5  rDev -18%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Pours a deep, heavy brown with a massive, dirty-tan head. The only thing I picked up on the smell and taste was belgian yeast and alchool. slightlt tarty and didn't last long in the mouth. I found this to be pretty bland and not up to Unibroue standards.

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Photo of LazyL
3.93/5  rDev -5.8%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

The appearance is wonderful. Dark brown with a heavy, creamy, tan head. Alot of lacing on the glass.
Smells like most Unibroue beers, Belgian fruity notes are most prominent, granny smith apple and toffee are in the background.
The taste did'nt blow me away however. It is good, but not great.
Very easy drinking at 10.5%. As most Unibroue beers, this is a good beer that goes down all too quickly.

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Photo of StaveHooks
4.47/5  rDev +7.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 5

A - Pours completely opaque with a rocky 2 finger tan head. Retains very well.

S - Green apple skins, dusty yeast, clove, pinot grapes,

T - Apples and dark fruits off the top- figs, prunes, raisins and some melon. The yeast is there but doesn't come out and try to bully through the flavors. There is a pinot grape like acidity creating a vinous character. The roasted malts are weaved with molasses, licorice, clove, and pepper. Banana is pronounced when warm. Finishes tangy and slightly acidic.

M - Moderate carbonation, fizzy, medium to full body.

The bright white grape character was unexpected but melded perfect. All the flavors seem so balanced that nothing sticks out. The drinkability is very high for the style. Alcohol is hidden well.

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Photo of BBP
4.56/5  rDev +9.4%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 5

A- Pours chestnut with a decent amount of carbonation, average head for the style, and slight lacing. I had to upgrade it's appearance after the head that looked like it would fade just stuck around, and then stuck around some more.

S- Prune and yeast. Assertive dark malt. A tad of booze. Has a stronger sugar smell to it than exists in the taste. Not disappointing though.

T- Dark fruit first and foremost. Plum, grape, and cherry led the way. It has a large amount of sweetness to it, but comes across in such a way that it's not overwhelming. It has more character to the sweetness, rather than just being sugary booze. It's more of a caramel, buttery, bready sweetness. There's even a bit of a bubblegum flavor to the sweetness. It has the character you'd expect in a classic BelgianSDA. The flavor holds through for a while. The finish lasts well, and is a bit spicy. This strikes me as the kind of beer that I could get to appreciate more and break down several drinks later, but sadly I only have this single bottle. I don't feel like I'm doing it justice in the description. It's complex and upfront with flavor, while being smooth and subtle. Probably my favorite Unibroue offering.

M- Nice full body. A bit too carbonated for my liking, but the body hid it pretty well. Moderately dry finish. Slightly sticky.

D- Very easy to drink for a BSDA. One of the easiest to drink I've had so far. Hid the booze quite well. Most of the time a 9% Unibroue 750 will do it for me, so this is a pretty formidable drink.

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Photo of SuperSpy
4.18/5  rDev +0.2%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

A - A very dark brown. Cloudy from the sediment in the bottom of the bottle, but it was clear before that addition. The head is light brown, with small tightly packed bubbles. The beer looks great.

S - Subtle fig, prune and other sweet dark fruits. Yeasty esters and sweet malt. The aroma good but barely there.

T/M - Medium bodied, Almost silky smooth, with the perfect amount of carbonation. The flavor is much more pronounced than the aroma. Sweet malt, phenols, plenty of yeasty esters.

D - Quite the delicious Belgian Strong Dark. The only place I would knock it is in the aroma. The smells are wonderful but far too subtle for what I expect in the style.

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Photo of basica
4.46/5  rDev +7%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Bottled in 2004. Vintage Aged.

A - Pours an intense dark brown black (almost jet black actually) into my Rochefort chalice with a one-finger thick head sizzling noisily down to a very well retaining and almost permanently stagnant half-finger thick milky tan layer, well sustained by the surprisingly active carbonation despite the opaqueness and age (4.5)

S - Lightly vinous nose with some yeasts and dashes of dark fruits; fairly subdued generally. Not sure if this detracted due to the aging process (3.5)

T - Upfront brown sugar sweetness, yeastiness and the familiar pleasant vinous notes from vintage aged Belgian Dark ales. Some breadiness and malts towards the middle followed by the unleashing of dark fruits with suggestions of raisins, grapes and plums; beautifully mellowed with age and blended with vinous flavors, lasting well into the finish. (5)

M - On the lighter side of medium-bodied, probably due to the age, with a milky smooth texture and above average carbonation, to my surprise. Goes down pleasantly with a nice light warming. (4.5)

D - It's been a while since I last had a nicely aged vintage Belgian Strong Dark ale and this one held up really well on the vinous, mellowed fruity flavors and the milky texture, again familiar on vintage beers, which was really pleasant. Finally, it's almost unbelievable that this beer is a whopping 10.5% ABV from how deceptively easy it's been going down (4.5)

This is #2 of 3 in my American (ok this one's Canadian) brewed BSDAs; this one is a 2004 Vintage aged La Terrible to be put up against a 2009 Pelican Grand Cru and a a 2008 Lost Abbey 10 Commandments; a very interesting horizontal comparison.

First of all, the La Terrible held up pretty well with aging except for the nose which I have to admit was disappointing. Generally, I think La Terrible is CLEARLY better than the Trois Pistoles and Maudite both from Unibroue and may well be Unibroue's best (or amongst the better) BSDAs. For this particular evaluation, the Pelican takes the lead for now though the Terrible has did really well though may not exactly be fair as the vintage years and aging conditions are different. Appearance, nose and nose and the feel probably has to go the Pelican but the taste is pretty competitive albeit on different vintage years.

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Photo of mwrecording
4.43/5  rDev +6.2%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Took a chance on a dirty, smudged bottle of this at a local run-of-the-mill shop.

A: Poured into my Duvel tulip a darkish brown color with an inch or two head that went away in a couple minutes. Laced the glass.

S: Belgian yeast, dark sweet fig/apple notes, some malty notes

T: Wow, I instantly wanted to let the beer sit and drive 5 minutes to order a case. I haven't had a Chimay Blue in awhile but at a buck or two cheaper, I think I'd want a case of this more than it. Tastes the way it tastes and exactly what I'd want/expect from a BDSA...although maybe a bit sweet for the style.

M: I've seen/heard a few people say this was too carbonated, for me it wasn't. Felt great in the mouth, fun to swirl around. Fun to taste.

D: I am a little bit of a lightweight, I did feel a good buzz around halfway through the 750 bottle. Didn't make me enjoy the beer any less. Still love drinking it. Took me 2 hours to finish, slowly.

I want a case of this but I'm going to try their Maudite, which I also have, first to see if I'd prefer a (cheaper) case of that.

Great beer.

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Photo of webmanspidey
4.15/5  rDev -0.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

750 mL bottle poured into a Duvel tulip glass. This is a dark brown color with an inch or so of fluffy head. Smells are sugary plums, grapes, and spices. Taste is an alcoholic dark fruit with a slight sweetness. Very drinkable for being 10%+. Thick mouthfeel. Very solid.

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Photo of bboelens
4.1/5  rDev -1.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Poured from a 750mL bottle into a snifter.

A-Deep rich brown, with burgundy traces when lifted to the light, a fluffy tan head accompanies the pour but fades leaving optimal lacing.

S-Fruit, roast malts, a little more fruit, a sugar & spice theme running throughout the nose.

T-Not terrible at all, in fact it's downright delicious, yeast, roast malt, fig, chocolate, cherry and just a hint of alcohol.

M-Heavily carbonated with a medium body.

D-The best part about the 750mL bottle is that as soon as I'm done I can refill my snifter, a fantastic brew, goes down smooth and is dangerously drinkable with the 10.5% abv.

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Photo of leakyfaucet12
3.61/5  rDev -13.4%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4.5

a gift from my boss poured into a snifter

A- I thought that this is one of the best things about this beer. Tons of fluffy white head that appears to be lighter than I expeced and the body is dark

S- Funky belgian stank on this one. I smell booze and dark fruits.

T- Pretty good. Very boozey and dark fruits hit me with hints of caramel and a chocolatey undertone.

M- This one had a little more carbonation than i wanted but was an overall good delicious beer.

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Photo of gonzo46and2
4.32/5  rDev +3.6%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Christmas gift from Rich thanks buddy.

Poured a bit too fast and ended up with an enormous head. Took forever to go down and left clumpy lace. Dark near black but not opaque.

Very much like a true belgian strong ale one the nose. Stands out from othe unibrue lineup. Yeasty fruit esters and a bit of spice. Dessert-like.

Sweet up front and a bit heavy with a slightly bitter finish.

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Photo of vandemonian
3.97/5  rDev -4.8%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Unibroue La Terrible has a dark brown colour and a head that fades quickly to a good amount of lacing. The smell is of sweet yeastiness (like apple cider) and alcohol. There is some spiciness in the aroma but I can't really pick out what it is exactly. This beer tasted sweet and tangy at first: dark and fruity. The yeast is noticeable and the aftertaste is fruity and alcoholic. This beer is foamy and reasonably thick. This beer is pretty strong and full on, sip it.

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Photo of Mora2000
4/5  rDev -4.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

The beer pours a dark reddish-brown color with an off-white head. The aroma is strong dark fruit with some Belgian candy sugar, roasted malt, molasses, chocolate and caramel malt mixed in. The flavor is just as nice. I get a ton of dark fruit - cherries, grapes, plums - as well as roasted malt, brown sugar and caramel. The alcohol is well hidden for a beer of this alcohol amount. Medium mouthfeel and medium carbonation.

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Photo of alkchrios
3.9/5  rDev -6.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Ive been eying this beer for about a year now at my local brew shop and finally decided to pick one up after hearing so much about it. The beer pored a deep brown, now quite black, but very dark brown/amber color. Smoke billowed out of the top after the cork popped right off. Immediately I could smell sweet sugars with hints of alcohol...almost a bit overbearing but at 10.5 I guess thats expected. Tasting this was a bit nice. Spices like coriander slight traces of tarragon were present...a bit of licorice notes. The alcohol is rather present but not as present as it was in the nose. Its slightly earthy and very complex...spicy undertones and a sweet finish make this a very nice session beer.

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Photo of Thanby
3.48/5  rDev -16.5%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 4

Pours black as tar after about a centimeter in, extremely dark mahogany around the edges. Strong foamy tan head that reduces but sticks around, leaving a little clustered lacing.

Smells mostly of a dark roast Belgian malt, smooth, a blend of dark fruit, black cherry, a little clove.

The taste is... a little odd for the style. Dark sweet malt dominates, again with the dark fruit, some tartness and unexpected acidity. The black cherry tartness hangs around after everything else fades away.

Full body, excessively carbonated to the point that it makes the flavor hard to really quantify. I tried it first at about 65F, and again at around 50F which greatly improved it but still not a good mouthfeel. Very watery finish combined with the tartness you would expect from some lambics.

Overall not bad, worth a try at least once, but the finish is not good for something as full-bodied as this. Maybe the yeast was too aggressive, producing the excessive carbonation and boosting the ABV beyond what the malt can handle.

But it sure does warm the tummy.

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Photo of wescaudle
4.32/5  rDev +3.6%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 5 | overall: 4.5

I am relatively new at reviewing good beer. This beer is the reason I started. The smell of this beer almost reminded me of a cherry-dominated wine. There was quite a nice head upon first pour into a tulip glass. While I believe that there was a bit of heavy alcohol taste once I got a sip or two into it, overall the taste was amazing. The feeling in my mouth upon first sip is unbelievable...flowing with flavor. Furthermore, I found this beer to be exceptionally drinkable, as it did not "fill me up" as I thought it would.

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Photo of Elendinn
4.02/5  rDev -3.6%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4.5

Poured into my Rogue chalice. The bottle itself has a very cool, ominous aesthetic that compliments the name.

Pours black with an off-white head that quickly dissipates into a ring around the glass. Pretty standard for the style -- unfortunately, it doesn't look as ominous as the bottle.

Smells sweet and malty; rye, spice, dark fruit, brown sugar, and belgian yeast are present, as well.

Tastes of malt, rye, dark fruits (grapes, figs, cherries), brown sugar, and spice, with a yeasty, slightly-boozy finish.

Full-bodied with plenty of carbonation.

Very drinkable, though the alcohol becomes slightly more noticeable as the glass progresses. A well-balanced BSDA that is neither too sweet, nor too yeasty. Pairs very well with chocolate.

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Photo of ryanonline
4.15/5  rDev -0.5%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

enormous off white head and a deeeep deep brown body. nice lacing.

smells wonderful. sweet and slightly tart smelling at once and lightly spicy. A teensy bit of clove. very raisin like.

the flavor is a bit more muted than the smell would imply. sweet and lightly tart with a slight bitter finish. a bit off character for a belgian strong dark, but still good.

light bodied with prickly carbonation. sweet and bitter combo in the finish.

very well balanced beer. could drink a few.

yummy beer but very difficult to place. no overly defining characteristics. however still very good.

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Photo of sixerofelixir
3.9/5  rDev -6.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

750 ml bottle.

Pours pitch brown/black with a bubbly tannish head. Smell is very much like a deep red wine; raisin, currant, and black cherry tones. Taste is sour and spicy, pretty sweet and complex. A bit of alcohol burn. Feel is viscous, yet effervescent. At 10.5%, drinks smoothly.

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Photo of Franz4
4.3/5  rDev +3.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

A- walnut color with a golden head, very thick lacing. Looked very nice and inviting.

S- smell of sour cherries and a yeasty character to it.

T- complex array of flavors, dominant is the sour cherry followed by a malty, spicy, banana, clove conglomeration that is very well balanced and tasty. ABV is well hidden

M- medium bodied with some residual carbonation, sits on the tongue nicely and finishes slightly dry

D- Very pleased with another good offering from Unibroue, could drink this all day.

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Photo of siradmiralnelson
4.38/5  rDev +5%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Poured from 750ml bottle into Chalice.

A. Poured an impressive 2 finger off white head. Very good retention. Thick lacing. Very dark brown almost black color.

S. Smell is dark fruit, raisins, figs, molasses. Yeast, rich dark malt. Smell is very much like Trois Pistoles but maybe a little more balanced and refined.

T. Taste is very good. Caramel, a little bit of molasses, a little of the grape flavor. A lot of dark fruit flavors. Drinks very smooth. The same comparison of the taste can be made to Trois Pistoles. A little bit more balanced and smooth. Very good beer.

M. Full bodied. Nice full mouthfeel. Some lingering sweetness. Medium carbonation.

D. Very drinkable. This revies is the first time that I have had La Terrible. This might be my new favorite Unibroue beer. Very smooth while being complex. Great beer.

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Photo of philbe311
3.76/5  rDev -9.8%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

A - A deep brooding dark brown color... Slight yet rich and creamy light khaki colored head... Modest retention gives way to a minimal lace, but adequate collar...

S - Dark fruits... Caramel... Maple syrup... Brown sugar... Spices... Bready malts... Perhaps even a bit of peat...

T - A distinct booziness upfront... Plum... Dark Cherries... Brown sugars... Cookie Dough... A bit of maple syrup... Dark bready malts... Caramel and toffee... Some spicy notes on the finish... Deep, dense, and loaded with layers of complexity...

M - Medium to full bodied... A touch of pringly carbonation... Dense and a little chalky... Sleek... Rich... Slightly warming...

D - This one definitely packs quite a punch... Good in all categories, but there isn't anything quite memorable with this one... An average offering in one of my favorite styles...

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La Terrible from Unibroue
Beer rating: 4.17 out of 5 with 2,228 ratings
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